Re: Rose reinstatement, Bud Selig is in a tough spot, but Vincent has eloquently emerged as the hero of the anti-Rose camp.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
In one bold stroke, Dan Snyder's rep has
done a 180.
All it took was convincing legendary Joe Gibbs
to return to the Redskins as the coach. Money was no
object; authority shouldn't be. (Gibbs has reportedly
already hired ex-Bills coach Gregg Williams to coach
his D. Brilliant.) As a throw-in, Gibbs might even
teach Snyder how to be a great NFL owner.
Gibbs' mystique is probably behind only Parcells
and Walsh, if Tuna's job-jumping and Walsh's
meddling haven't actually vaulted the low-key Gibbs
ahead of his former rivals.
And unlike Parcells or Vermeil, Gibbs isn't
going to some other franchise, but the one he led
to three Super Bowl wins. That risk takes infinitely
more guts than rebuilding some random dog.
NFL head coaches, as a group, are highly
overrated: But there are a handful at the far end
of the curve who have earned their Hall of Fame rep.
Gibbs is one of them.
Thought there was a Skins frenzy when Spurrier came
to town? That's nothing compared to this.
More Rose Fallout
Did you hear about the original name
for Rose's book? My Prison Without Bars (But With a
Direct Line From the Clubhouse to the Runner).
Whether or not Pete Rose actually bet in the
clubhouse (as his former runner contends) is
immaterial. After 15 years of Rose's lies, it's pretty
hard not to assume the worst.
Others apparently agree: Support for Rose has
dropped among Hall voters, according to a NY Daily
News poll. As the most controversial issue to ever hit
the Hall, instead of leaving it in the hands of the
sketchy BBWAA, how about a national fan referendum?
Molitor, Eckersley: In
If I were Molitor or Eck, I would e-mail
Pete Rose and say "Thanks a bunch for stealing our
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Gibbs: Legendary Redskins coach could return to DC?|
2 Rose: Who else will emerge to debunk Rose's claims?
3 Kobe: Faces most hostile crowd of year in Denver tonight
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 Marbury trade being about W's: Nope, it's about $$$'s|
2 Rain delays at Wimbledon: Centre court adding a roof
3 Rose's endorsement potential: Still an iffy proposition
HOF thunder today. And, oh by the way, WE'RE IN AND YOU'RE
Kobe in Denver
Tonight's must-see TV: Player
introductions for Lakers at Nuggets. You'll miss it?
Here's a preview (the clean version):
"At guard ... 6-6 from Lower Merion,
Pennsylvania ... Number 8 ... Kobe ... Bryant ...
Nebraska: Still Open
You know Nebraska's football program is in
trouble when ... the AD is so far down the
coaching-candidate depth chart that he's bringing in
Raiders exile Bill Callahan, who would find college
players much more compliant than, say, Charles
Why does no one want this job? Could be a snob
and say "location," but most of the great programs are
in, um, hamlets. More likely, it's the long shadow of
legendary coach Tom Osborne.
Marbury's Knicks Debut
Sure, the new-look Knicks lost to the
mediocre Cavs, but I turned on the game -- my first
NYK game all season -- out of curiosity. And that's
More on Britney's Ex
"Reportedly, there's footage of. ... "
(Is there a better phrase than that?)
Britney ex ("Ex?" "Annullee?") Jason Allen
Alexander enjoys an extended run of his 15 minutes
tonight when video of him participating in
a quasi-"Fight Club" at a bar in Hammond, La, is released.
The first rule of Fight Club? Make a tape and
store it, just in case a FC member ends up marrying
Prediction: Alexander is the headliner of
"Celebrity Boxing 3" within three months. Welcome to
the "C-List," Jason.
||Return of "old"
Speaking of fight club, who wants to see a few more rounds of last night's K-Mart/Corey Maggette brawl? Martin dissed Maggette's apology.
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Shockey: Three, max ...
Catch Serena Williams on "L/O: SVU" last night? Only a
few lines, but she definitely had on-screen presence
(buff outfit, too) ...
Mets reportedly wooing Vlad Guerrero, but their money
isn't nearly as large as the O's (whom Vlad obviously
isn't thrilled about) ...
Forget the blurry college hoops Top 25: The top-5
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4 will be Sweet 16 teams ...